Primary Education (Part Time Progression Route)

PGCE Primary with Mathematics Specialism

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This course is designed to support you in gaining a PGCE Primary and achieving the standards to be a Qualified Teacher, with a focus on primary mathematics.

The course will enable you to be a generalist primary class teacher but will also prepare you for a future role as a specialist teacher of primary mathematics, who leads mathematics across the school. You will study primary mathematics in depth, exploring the most effective ways of teaching mathematical ideas. You will also gain a strong understanding and experience of teaching other subjects.

The course is written for anyone who enjoys learning mathematics and wants to teach primary aged children to fully understand and be fascinated by the subject.

The course forms a pathway through the PGCE Primary, which is aimed at graduates who have a real passion, enthusiasm and commitment towards joining the teaching profession as a primary-phase teacher, and who seek to become the very best teacher and ‘leader of learning’ they can.

The more understanding you bring with you about the nature of teaching and learning in UK primary schools from the early years up to Year 6, and the role of the professional teacher, the better. 

This course aims to enable you to meet, and exceed, the Teacher Standards’ criteria as set out by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for teaching across the primary phase of education.

The course will not restrict you to a limited age-range for your career. It will support you in meeting the NCTL requirement to teach across two consecutive age-phases, and within two different school settings. You will be able to request whether to be based with 3-7, 7-9 or 9-11 age-phase for some professional placements. Similarly, there will be opportunity within the course to apply for a professional placement in a SEN school. Please note that all such requests cannot be guaranteed, but they will be taken into consideration when allocating students to placement offers received from schools.

The School of Teacher Education and Development, within which this course resides, enjoys a strong partnership with local primary schools and early years’ settings. They are fully involved in all aspects of the programme, including recruitment and selection, course planning and development, leading support for your progress against the Teacher Standards when you are on placement, and grading you against the Teacher Standards.

All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Professional Studies, Curriculum Studies and Enhanced Studies. All learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and your academic study will be both informed by, and also inform, practice. 

Following successful completion of this course, the usual next step is to seek employment as a newly qualified teacher and to successfully pass that part of your induction into the teaching profession. From there, your teaching career can take you on to a very rewarding and exciting professional journey involving learning and teaching, leadership and management, research and advisory roles. There is also potential for you to engage in further study for a full Masters’ degree and on to a Doctorate in Education.

In particular, the course will prepare you for a future role as mathematics specialist in a primary school.

You will be taught and supported by a range of academic tutors and professional colleagues from our school partnership. Academic tutors on this programme have also got QTS and teaching experience.

This full-time PGCE programme will comprise a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops tutorials and self-study, balanced with your periods of professional practice. You can expect to be busy, and it is a full time commitment.

Currently for example:

Term 1 is a blend of university based sessions and your first professional practice and assignment.

Term 2 comprises university based sessions, serial and research days in school, and your second professional practice. Your other two assignments are due during this term.

Term 3 largely comprises your final professional practice, and completion of your Record of Development.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £9,250 £12,430
Part-time N/A  

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.  The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding year on year fee increases.  Students studying FULL PGCE courses may be eligible to apply to Student Finance for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. You can find out more on our fees and funding web pages.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. For instance, if you teach secondary maths, you could get £30,000 – £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching.

You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are accepted on to a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria you will receive information on the bursary prior to your enrolment on the course.


If you have the potential to be an inspirational teacher and are passionate about your subject you could apply for a scholarship to support your training.

Scholarships of up to £28,000 are awarded to the most gifted trainees in a range of areas and in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.

Subject scholarships are available in:

  • Physics
  • Computing
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Maths

View the Department of Education’s Get into Teaching pages to see details about the bursaries and scholarships available.

Loans and other funding

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.

Visit GOV.UK and use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, e.g. if you’re disabled or have children.

20% PGCE Alumni Discount 

Christ Church Alumni are being offered a 20% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2019-20, if they are fully self-funding their course and are not in receipt of a Department for Education bursary or professional subject association scholarship. 

Eligibility criteria

Free DBS Check and Equivalency Tests 

If you have an offer of a place to study a PGCE (primary or secondary) in 2019-20, Christ Church will fund your DBS Check and Equivalency Tests. 

Terms and Conditions

You will be assessed in two main ways, via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

You will submit three academic assignments for 20 Level 7 credits in each curriculum, enhanced and professional studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but you may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to each assignment. You will also be required to develop and complete an ongoing record of your professional practice and engagement.

Professional practice will be formally assessed at the end of each professional placement, of which there are three. Each must be successfully passed in order to progress through the programme. At the end of your final placement you will be awarded your final grading against each of the Teacher Standards.

You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Postgraduate Certificate of Education with mathematics specialism (PGCE) is awarded to students who pass all modules and who gain 40 or 60 Level 7 credits. The Professional Graduate Certificate of Education with mathematics specialism (PGCE) is awarded to students who pass all modules on the programme and with less than 40 Level 7 credits.  All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

Applications can be made through UCAS Teacher Training for September 2019 from 9 October 2018.

Professional Placement: You should be aware that schools have the right to terminate a professional placement at any time during the course if they believe that pupil learning/progress is being unduly compromised, or with any serious professional conduct and/or safeguarding issues. Maintaining good levels of professional conduct throughout the course is therefore critical for successful completion. (Professional regulations apply to this course; see the Professional Code of Conduct, NCTL). Any serious breaches of professional misconduct would necessarily be referred to a Professional Capability Panel.

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • 2M9W

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time

    The course forms a pathway through the PGCE Primary.

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above), GCSE Maths at Grade B, GCSE English Language and GCSE Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent) and to have passed the government's skills test in literacy and numeracy. It is desirable that you also have an A level in mathematics or a related subject at grade C or above, and/or significant related, education based work experience.

    You will be asked to complete the primary mathematics subject knowledge enhancement course to ensure your understanding of mathematics in the primary curriculum is completely secure before you start the course.

    Please note: if you are accepted on to the course, you will be required to independently arrange and complete a set period of preliminary observation in a primary school, currently 10 days, supported by an independent study pack. Further details would be sent together with your offer.




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